The head of Larian Studios, Sven Winke, gave a detailed interview to Destructoid , in which he said that players want the role-playing game Baldur’s Gate III to get out of Early Access as soon as possible. And while there is no rush to develop such a massive game, the developers are happy with the way things are going.
Overall, the interview focuses on how Larian behaves while the game is in Early Access. It collects data from analytics systems, tracks user choices and looks at statistics on dialog options, reads in-game reports and forums like Reddit. All this helps to make the game better, adjust the development and remove what seems like unnecessary.
In an interview, Sven noted that there are already players who have spent 300 to 400 hours in Baldur’s Gate III . They saw during the analysis of the burnout of the players and the assessment of their interest. There is only one act available in the RPG, the final content is still under development, but the developers are trying to make it so that even in the early access the players did not have a bad experience.
At the same time, the studio is constantly studying the behavior of the players. This was the case with the druid class, which is monitored for its “wild form” preferences. In the future, Larian will add other classes, but primarily those that will be of interest to developers for analysis and further improvement, and not at the request of gamers.
Sven recalled that Baldur’s Gate III in Early Access is only part of the game. Even the accessible first act does not have all the content that the developers want to see on release. For example, companions have been greatly reduced and there will be more of them in the future, as well as dialogue options with the existing ones. According to Sven Winke, now players can only see fragments of the storylines of characters like Astarion.
The head of Larian stressed that the studio is constantly changing something, so the final version of the first act of Baldur’s Gate III will differ from what is currently available to players. The developers do not want to rush, there is still a lot of work ahead of them, which is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, but they know where they are going.
We know what awaits us at the end. We see it. We just have a ton of work ahead of us.
At the end of the conversation, Sven Winke asked the journalist to leave room for surprises and not to forget that the game will change for release. There is no approximate timeline for Baldur’s Gate 3 to come out of Early Access.